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>> reporter: he hopes his time on the ladder will change the perception of visually impaired people. >> i want to say when i leave here that i did something special and i didn't let this hold me back. i'm always looking for something new to do that somebody says i can't. that's usually -- if you tell me i can't, that becomes my new goal. >> and with that, we are marching on too. for all of us at "in focus" i'm tom foreman. thanks for watching. the white house revealed
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that speaker john boehner met with the president to discuss the officials of the fiscal cliff. we're just days before the congress and the white house has to hammer out a deal or everyone's going to suffer the consequences. emily, what have you learned about today's meeting? >> allison we know that today's meeting was not on the schedule today. so that means we have to rely on the word from the white house deputy press secretary and a congressional staffer which happens to be the exact same words. they released two separate statements, both identical and this is the statement. it says this afternoon the president and speaker boehner met at the white house to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. we're not reading out details of the constitution, but the lines of communication remain. on wednesday, you'll remember a source familiar with the conversation said they did speak by phone, at that point it was the first time in a week they
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had done so. no reported breakthrough then. and then on monday, the president and speaker were at the same event together. it was a black tie congressional ball at the white house. but republican and democratic sources said the two didn't talk there either. you'll remember john boehner also said on friday the white house had wasted another week in potential compromise. so allison, at this point we don't know what caused this movement today. just that for the first time in a while, the two sides are agreeing on something and wording their statements about the meeting. we don't know if that means they're agreeing on the much more critical spending and revenue issues. we're going to be talking a lot more about the fiscal cliff in the coming hour. three cnn i-reporters are going to be joining me to talk about their real concerns about this and we got some answers from our business expert from questions that were sent by you that you tweeted to us. that's going to be coming up in about 15 minutes. bail was set for dallas
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cowboys josh brent, he's been charged with intoxication manslaughter for a crash on saturday that killed his teammate. police say brent was pulling jerry brown out of the car when they arrived. dallas coach jason garrett talked about his players just a few minutes ago. >> obviously this is a very difficult situation, a tragedy occurred to our football team. in the last couple of days. and we lost jerry brown, practiced roster player for us who we picked up earlier in the year. and it's been really emotion for everybody and as the head coach of the team, i have to talk to the team and i have to inform them what happened, give them the news and then try to offer some perspective.
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you know, i talked a lot got the value of a teammate. fortunately i've been on a lot of teams in michigan liy life a that word team mait is really, really special. and jerry's one of our teammates. in california, campus police shot and killed a graduate student at california state university in san baernardinobe. police say the student was shot and killed after he became aggressive and got into an altercation with officers in the hall ray of the dorm. and a shooting on the tule indian reservation. the suspect hector salea shot and killed three people before taking off in a car with his two young daughters. police caught up with salea before exchanging gun fire with
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him. a search is underway now for popular mexican-american singer jenni rivieeriererrivera. she performed at a concert last night in monterrey mexico. here in atlanta, two parents were charged after encouraging their daughter to fight another girl at a bus stop. [ bleep ] [ bleep ] the fight was recorded and posted on youtube while the father allegedly warned everyone not to interfere. the mother of the girl who was the target spoke with our affiliate wsb. >> the father is there, saying nobody touch my child, but my child was on the ground, pleading for someone to get her off of her. my child could have died, she could have hit that concrete the
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wrong way, their child could have died and then who's charged with the murder? >> the father of the girl who started the fight claimed his daughter was being bullied. a hearing at the school is set for tomorrow. now to the tragedy that devastated the informal's kansas city chiefs. a new interview shows jovan belcher just hours before he killed his girlfriend and then himself. the police -- belcher told police he was going to an apartment to see a woman. listen to what police told him in this video released by kansas city police. >> you live right here? then you need to go upstairs. that's going to be your best bet. >> look at the second dash cam video, officers here are responding to a second belcher
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911 call and at this moment, belcher had already killed his girlfriend and then killed himself right in front of his coaches. >> we have a confirmed shooting and it is, i believe, kbel cher, played with the chiefs, we have confirmed that. >> a dispatcher says belcher was outside of the players' entrance. this week the political power of america's labor movement may take a major hit. look what's been happening at the michigan state capitol. >> tell me what democracy looks like. >> this is what democracy looks like. >> republicans have pushed a right to work bill in michigan. susan candiotti is covering this story. susan this would allow workers to enjoy the benefits of union negotiated contracts. no longer, it would force them to be members of the yuan non.
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so what would this do for the unions? >> politically, of course, this could be a major blow to unions in michigan. last month, their voters rejected a referendum that would have made passage of this law unconstitutional. if that right to work law passes, union supporters are convinced pay and benefit could take a major dive. the latest bureau of labor statistics for 2011 put the median salary for full-time union workers at about $940 week compared to about $730 a week for nonunion workers. the head of the united auto workers not happy. >> the data and all the facts show that right to work is the right to work for less. >> susan, supporters including
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republicans led by gop governor rick snyder maintain that this bill will wind up helping the economy and not hurting it, right. >> that's right allison. the governor insists that the right to work bill will save jobs and increase salaries by not forcing union dues on workers. here's michigan governor rick snyder. >> to give freedom of choice to our workplace and that legislators move promptly and efficiently in moving it through the legislature and when it arrives on my desk, i plan on signing it. >> susan, are we going to see more of the same this week? what kind of turnout are you expecting to see at michigan's capitol when lawmakers are expected to vote? >> a huge turnout is expected. some people are predicting 7,000 demonstrates, last week when supporters and protesters jammed
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the can toll. some people are talking about recall campaigns like we saw in wisconsin or even legal challenges, so we'll see what comes up. in washington state, same-sex marriage is now legal and at the stroke of midnight couples started to getting married. after 11 years together. sarah and emily became the first same same-sex couple to tie the knot. >> it's kind of crazy and wonderful to think that the next generation, this won't be an issue. so no matter who carter ends up loving, she won't have those barriers that we had, she'll be able to marry them and go through that process which is really powerful. >> they are the first same-sex couple to get married in king county. others are taking advantage of
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the new law approved by voters in november. the same-sex marriage is getting renewed attention now that the supreme court has agreed to hear two cases next year. coalition forces has -- he and two colleagues were abducted. they were returning from a health clinic near kabul. phillip joseph's two colleagues were released. coalition forces say they're taliban insurgents while two afghan officials say they're smugglers. going off the fiscal cliff an i know you're wondering what that means for you. and a private phone call between two australian deejays took a turn for the worst. we' capella university understands businesses are trying to come
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former south african president nelson mandela has spent a second stay in the hospital. the 94-year-old was rushed to the hospital for tests. and hugo chaves's health is in the news again. he has been approved to travel to cuba for cancer surgery. in egypt, opposition groups are calling for mass protests on the vote against the country's new constitution. the vote is scheduled for december 15. now to that disturbing story out of britain where a prank phone call has resulted in some very tragic consequences. the investigation continuing into the parents of a nurse
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where the duchess of cambridge is being treated. she took a call from a pair of deejays looking for information on the duchess's condition. does anybody have a clue what happened here? >> we may never know why she apparently committed suicide, we're saying apparently because police are still treating this as an unexplained death. we might know a little bit more next week when there's a post mortem, but her family say they can't understand that. >> these public personalities, they've got these private lines and that the media should respect it. and it was the paparazzi and you remember what happened to princess diana with her tragic death. >> the memory of princess
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diana's death. here we have these pranksters who were trying to get more information about her. >> what's been the public reaction to this apparent suicide? >> it's been absolute outrage. even the two deejays twitter account had to be taken down and people are writing posts like you have blood on your hands, this death should be on your conscience, so the public has been very much outraged, the royal family says it is deeply distressed by this. the hospital says that she was an excellent nurse, they do not understand how that was possible. they didn't discipline her also. it really is a mystery and it has caused a lot of outrage. >> maybe it will make others think twice if they want to do this again. this is a long process, she's going to be pregnant, so hopefully people think twice. 23 days to go before we
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. ticktock, in 23 day, we're going to hit that fiscal cliff we have been talking so, so much about. this afternoon the president and house speaker john boehner met at the white house to try to agree on how to solve crisis. a lot of federal programs are going to be cut including unemployment benefits. so i wanted to talk to our i-reporters to talk about the impact of this. valerie is -- opal from wyoming and richard huffman is a retired michigan police officer and todd shawn berger, you say let's go off the fiscal cliff. and you say it's a lot like the time when you were a broke
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single mom and you had to learn to live within your means. why do you think it's better for us to take this huge hit in our pocket books? >> well, allison, i think we need a balanced approach and i don't disagree that we need a revenue increase. i am not necessarily in favor of a tax rate increase, however whatever it takes to get there, i think that along with cutting spending is really important and if you look at it as a household budget, you take a look at what you spend, you take a look at what you need to live on and you cut back and you cut back within your means and you live within your means and i learned that lesson a long time ago from a friend that actually taught me budgeting. >> and you say take one for the team. that's a very interesting point. richard, you say you would like to re-enter the workforce, but if taxes go up, it won't be worth it so that's why you're in
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favor of a tax cut for the rich that the president is pushing for? >> that's right and i also feel that president obama was re-elected for a reason. an most of the people in this country go along with his idea that the wealthy need to pay their fair share. i think that it would be totally irresponsible on his part and the republicans if they don't come to a decision on this before the first of the year, and get something ironed out -- >> so, richard, what do you think? should we go off the cliff? should we just see where the chips fall? >> no, i do not agree with going off the cliff. we should come to something, some type of an agreement here. but the wealthy should pay their fair share. i do believe in that. >> mayor hall, your town relies on federal funds to keep your water drinkable at the local treatment plant. so how would going off the cliff affect your city budget? >> well, you know, any time that
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you're dealing with funds that the tax payers money is involve in, you've got to look at the checks and balances and if they cut spending, there is a possibility that that will be cut and our resources will go down the drain literally and we'll be looking for something else. you know, that definitely has an impact on these smaller towns. any time the federal government cuts, the states cut too. and the majority of our incomes do come from the state, we don't rely on a lot of federal funds, but as far as our drinking water is concerned, we are definitely working for federal funds to fix the problem. >> i want to ask the question of the mayor and for valerie, how much do you think that a tax increase really winds up penalizing you for being successful in business. you have to shell out all this money, you take the hit.
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>> we do take the hit because in our case, my husband and i own a company and it's an s-corp. so that revenue flows into our personal income and we will take a hit and we are just middle income citizens. so in fact it will affect us greatly. >> todd, you wanted to say something, i mean how much is it that, hey, i'm successful, i'm making a lot of money, and look at this, all of the money's going to go away, it's like i'm being penalized here. >> because the tax increase actually goes to the small business owner, because most small business owners actually report their revenue receipt with their personal income tax. so they have less money because they're paying more out in taxes, that's less money that they can go out and hire to expand their operation. >> how much does that affect how much you want to stay in business, grow your business? >> we have talked over the last six months or so, cutting back some of over services just to
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limit our tax liability, with we passed that threshold on a sole p proprietorship, and with the fiscal cliff looming, it's definitely going to affect us. and you have to gauge whether it's worth being in business to do this. we love to provide the service for our customers, but nonetheless, if we're just going to be making more money to where all the money is going towards taxes, it doesn't make sump r much sense. >> let me give you some advice here, todd, mayor hall has considered getting an accountant to tell her what she will be paying. but what does it mean to mary and other small business owners out there who are in similar situations. >> with mary, i would say not to take any extreme actions, because we heard that boehner and president obama were meeting
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so we hope there will be a resolution by the end of the year, and when we do have that resolution, because we still don't know what the ramifications what the impact is going to be to that small business owner, so i would recommend a wait and see approach to see what happens with washington. eventually, moving forward, it is going to hit everybody, i can definitely sense some frustration from everybody on the screen today, we really hope that is resolution, hopefully washington is listening. >> okay, todd, everybody out there's been tweeting their questions to me. what's your question, if you want to go ahead and tweet, allisoncossack, todd is going to be sticking around to answer those questions. volution and switch to olay pro-x. get cleansing results as effective as a $200 system. guaranteed or your money back. olay pro-x.
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questions from viewers who want 20 know how the fiscal cliff will affect them. what will make the headlines? >> bottom line is this, that is if nothing is resolved right now, we are looking at a 20% increase across the board for tax revenue for washington. and you hear a lot about these spending cuts but realistically, we won't see a whole lot of spending cuts, because this way this was actually createded, we would only see spending cuts of .25%. >> one coming from edgar, he says i'm not confused about the fiscal cliff, what i'm confused about is what taxes will be raised? >> that's right. well the payroll tax holiday, it was created in 2010, it had a two-year tax extension, it expires on december 31st.
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this is a 2% payroll tax that all americans were enjoying. if nothing is resolved, your first paycheck in january is going to be 2% lighter. that may not sound like a lot. but you take a person who's makimake $50,000 per year, it's about 1,700 a year. >> i'm going to guess that even if we do leap off the cliff, we'll have some type of a resolution, some type of a deal that will be retroactive back to january 1. but why play with poison like that, right now have to expect that you want that deal done now. >> what are the convinces for tfor -- consequences for military personnel? >> just on the defense sector
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checking today's top stories, a fierce labor battle going on right now in michigan. the seat is on the verge of
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passing a right to work law, allowing workers that unionize to skip paying dues to the union. the law will be a huge blow to unions because it will severely cut their funding. the legislation could be signed into law this week. at the stroke of midnight, dozens of same-sex couples started getting married. maine and maryland also passed laws legalizing same-sex marriage last month. bail was set at $500,000 for dallas cowboys nose tackle josh brent, he's been charged with intoxication manslaughter. jerry brown was killed when the car flipped.
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brown was later pronounced dead. boxer manny pacquiao lost a nontitle bout to juan marquez last night in las vegas, he was knocked down in his sixth round. three women in stockton california were identified on their restaurant bill as fat girls. that manager apologized blaming it on a new employee. and if you think using iphones on -- no evidence such gadgets interfere with airline communications. a search is under way now for a popular mexican american singer jenni rivera, the mexican authorities think the plane that she was in crashed. the singer had a reality show that aired on a telemundo network. nick valencia, this is a shock
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to all her fans. what do you suspect is going on? >> it's about a crash, that's coming from mexico's transportation agency. they say they have two helicopters in the resomeone. what we know about the region where this plane lost contact with air traffic controllers, it was very cloudy conditions lagts night at the time of takeoff, she was in monterrey to perform in front of about 15,000 people at a concert in monterrey. >> he's no stranger to controversy, is he? >> some of our audience may not be as familiar with her as others. she was very popular in mexico and the united states. she was just as famous for her music as she was for her personal life. she had gone through some recent high profile, a case of divorce actually, it's rumored that her husband had cheated on her with her biological daughter, if you can believe that. also a recent concert, a fan was accused of throwing a can at her
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in concert. not all of her life was bad, allison, there's a lot she did in community, she empowered women to pursue their dreams and as you mentioned as a lead in to this story, people in mexico named her one of the top five -- we understand that that press conference from authorities in mexico is going to happen around 6:00 p.m., that news conference has been pushed back. >> do you have any idea who she was with? >> no names listed on this manifesto other jenni rivera, there are reports that she was on board with her makeup artist. cnn has been unable to independently verify that. a girl from one of the poorest places on earth has
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>> i decided for my brother to get a couple and when i that's when i started learning chess. >> because there was an area in which if you went and learned chiz, you could get a bowl of porridge, right? and that would help feed you and your brother. so you go into this place, you see people playing chess, had you ever seen it before? did you know what it was? >> no, i had never seen chess, so it was my first time to play chess. >> robert, let me ask you, what is it about phiona, is she a prodigy? you said you discovered something about your chess skills that you hadn't seen
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before. >> i think she had an extra natural talent, which is extraordinary. we have been able to go to the high profile kind of tournament, like for the olympians, which i never thought of even being at. >> i sit playing against girls and boys and then i started beating the boys. when i play chess, i'm not afraid. they know that i can win. >> what happened after you started to show your ability for chess? how did your life change? >> i thought that the life that i was living in, that everyone was living in that life. but now, i have seen many people living in different lives so i think chess has led me to that and it has given me an opportunity to go back to school. chess gave me hope, and now i have a hope of becoming a doctor
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and i'm having the hope of becoming a grand master. >> chess made you want to become a doctor. tim, let me bring you in here. you have described phiona as the ultimate underdog, what has described as an underdog? >> the fact that she's from you gang da, makes her an underdog in africa because it's one of the poorer countries in africa. the fact that she's in katwe, because that's the most impoverished slum in uganda, and girls are not treated as equals to the boys. so basically every hurdle that the world can place in front of her, it has placed in front of her. >> phiona i know you lost your father from aids when you were young, but the other parts of your family, how do they feel about what's happening to you in
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chess? >> some of them cried, because years back, we didn't have something like that that's -- one day it can happen. so they are very excited. >> robert, does phiona's story show that chess can help lift kids out of slums all over the world? >> absolutely. because it teaches you on how to assess, on how to make decisions, obstructive thinking, forecasts, problem solving and looking at the challenges, as an opportunity, and possibly not giving up the discipline, the passions. everything, talk about anything to do with life, you can get it in that game. >> i have a gift of playing chess and i play chess to please him. >> what's it like to be in america? to be in new york? how's the trip. >> i don't like new york, because there's too much noise.
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>> she is so lovable. >> that's funny. >> i wanted you all to know, too. two things that you all should know about her. one is that she's 16 years old. she downtown definitively know her own birthday. the people who are with her say she might be 16, she also might be 15. i have given her the name of edie amin. she knows -- that is the extent of the poverty we talked about. kids in this country cannot go to school in many cases, they spend the day searching for food. she does however know the name of joseph coney, it shows the kind of life that she's rising above through discovering chess. >> you mentioned all those obstacles in her way. every obstacle imaginable. an then the game itself, she never had seen it before and she
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picks it up and she's a prodigy. what's in here that's really driving her? >> it's some kind of incredible talent, she couldn't read or write, but she saw chess and she saw that was something intrinsic in the strategy that goes into chess. >>. a flash in the sky over houston, it sparks more reports of ufo sightings, i'msightings. what scientists think it is in a moment. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't work on runny noses. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have an antihistamine. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka-seltzer plus cold and cough fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast acting antihistamine to relieve your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] to learn more about the cold truth and save $1 visit alka-seltzer on facebook.
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i want to show you something. does this look like a ufo to you? it appeared in the sky above the houston area early friday morning. plenty of people reported seeing what they called a flash in the sky just as the sun came up. a local atron me told ktrk, eh, it was probably just a meteor. the national men no9 menora washington has been lit. hanukkah began last night. the menorah is called the world's largest. the lighting celebration started under jimmy carter in 1979.
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cnn "newsroom" with don legal money, what you got? >> i forgot my menorah lighting, i've been busy. you've been talking about, this you're a financial person, you're on wall street, we're going to be update yog you on the fiscal cliff. the deadline is rooming. are they closer or further apart? we'll get an update from washington, the fact that they're not releasing details and they're on the same message is potentially an encouraging sign. a good way to describe this story is chilling. cnn has been reporting on the dozens and dozens of graves found at a former boys' reform school in the florida panhandle, where students who attended the school in the '50s and '60s say they were subjected to physical abuse and some fellow students died from the abuse. monday, a team of university the of south florida anthropologists plan on releasing the findings of what they found in those
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graves and that they possibly found more graves. we'll be talking about that. then the 7:00 p.m. hour, we'll be talking about pot, marijuana. reefer, ganja, whatever you want to call it. some people in washington state, they're worried about what the new legal pot laws will do to the state. so we're going to go to a place, amsterd amsterdam, where the rules similar, to find out if legal pot -- where the rules are reracksed -- if it's riskier than legal alcohol. >> people are using alcohol on the street, those people give a lot of trouble and get noisy and give trouble to other people on the street. most foreigners are tourists who smoke a joint on the street are, yeah, well, they are quiet. >> mayor of seattle joins us. >> quite a show coming up. >> all that the next two hours on cnn. it's always good to see you in person. i want to give you a programming note.
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a look ahead at what's happening this week. preparations are under way in sweden for the nobel prize ceremonies tomorrow. winners range from a french physicist to an american economist. if you get cnn international, tune in tomorrow morning for special coverage. if you wanted more of the spice girls after they rock the stage during the summer olympics you got it. "viva forever" opens tuesday in london's west end, inspired by the spice girls. when you go on twitter wednesday, be on the lookout for the pope's first tweet from his new personal twitter handle "pontifex." the pope has managed to get almost 600,000 followers in less than a week. we'll find out who will be nom gated for a golden globe thursday. announcements for the 70th annual awards ceremony start at 8:00 a.m. this year's hosts are tina fey and amy poehler. friday is the last day for states to decide whether they want to establish thei